Three Museums One INCREDIBLE Adventure!


Check out our NEW Programs in our 2018 Field Trip Guide.

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The three museums that make up the EarlyWorks Family of Museums offer a fresh approach to history education with completely interactive galleries, costumed interpreters and grade specific hands-on field trip programming.  Located in downtown Huntsville, Alabama, the EarlyWorks Children’s Museum, the Huntsville Depot & Museum, and Alabama Constitution Village allow students of all grades the opportunity to experience history first hand.  Every one of our field trips are correlated with teaching standards and offer a cross discipline approach, with activities that incorporate the use of drama, reading, student involvement, and lots of fun!

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SpringFest


Recommended Grade 1st - 5th
Available: April and May
Cost: Special Event Pricing Applies

Step lively thru the red doors of EarlyWorks and prepare to meet Laura Ingalls Wilder in her log cabin, or perhaps be welcomed aboard the keelboat by Davy Crockett. There’s always time to listen to the stories of George Washington Carver, Helen Keller and many amazing Black Americans. Don’t forget that you’ll need to “hitch up your skirts” while outside to dance the Virginia Reel and stop to play when you’ve become winded. Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln and Betsy Ross are just some of the amazing Americans you may encounter while crafting, churning butter, and skipping to the beat of traditional music.

Field Trip on the Riverfront At Ditto Landing

Recommended Grade 3rd - 5th
Available: May
Cost: Special Event Pricing Applies

EarlyWorks invites you to come and experience a special end of the school year field trip on the riverfront. Learn about the Native Americans that originally lived in the area. Meet James Ditto and hear his firsthand account of running the ferry in the early 1800’s along with other history about the towns that grew up along the river. Students will participate in river navigation skills, perform marching drills, discover what soldiers carried in their haversacks, and discuss day to day life in the camps. Classes will also meet with our resident doctor and learn about Native American natural remedies and medicines.



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All Field Trip Options 


  • Earlyworks Children’s Museum

    childrens-logoThe EarlyWorks Children's Museum offers a fresh approach to history education with a completely interactive gallery of exhibits. The Alabama Bandstand, 46-foot keelboat, and the Talking Tree are just a few of the exciting elements your students will discover. Try your hand at ginning cotton, try on 19th-century costumes, and sack provisions in the General Store. Check out the educational programs offered at EarlyWorks below—a click on the title/link will provide you with guidelines to help prepare for your visit! Call 800.678.1819/local- 256.564.8124 to schedule your trip.





    • **NEW PROGRAM** Spring Fest- You Bring History to Life

      Offered April – May Grades: 1st- 5th
      Step lively thru the red doors of EarlyWorks and prepare to meet Laura Ingalls Wilder in her log cabin, or perhaps be welcomed aboard the keelboat by Davy Crockett. There’s always time to listen to the stories of George Washington Carver, Helen Keller and many amazing Black Americans. Don’t forget that you’ll need to “hitch up your skirts” while outside to dance the Virginia Reel and stop to play when you’ve become winded. Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln and Betsy Ross are just some of the amazing Americans you may encounter while crafting, churning butter, and skipping to the beat of traditional music.
    • **NEW PROGRAM** If You Take A Mouse To A Museum

      EW_biscuit014 Offered March - May. Pre-K - 1st.
      “If you take a Mouse to a Museum ..What would that be like? Would he take you to Kidstruction Zone to make a tiny mouse house or make a tiny craft and play hide and seek in the log cabin. Would he look for his friends hidden house in Biscuits Backyard Sign up soon to take a your kids on a mouse guided fieldtrip, March through May” Inspired by the popular Children’s Book
    • Settle Down

      Settle Down Aug-Oct & Jan-March. Grades 1 - 3.
      During this program your students will learn what life as a pioneer was like. Learning stations on this 2-hour guided tour are designed to teach your students different aspects of pioneer life. Dressing in period clothing, crafting their own old fashioned toy, shopping at the General Store, traveling on the keelboat and climbing aboard the wagon are just a few of the activities students will experience. Our Native American game is an exciting way to learn about the rich culture of Alabama tribes. In the Log Cabin, students will engage in pioneer chores and food preparation. Don’t forget to stop by our Talking Tree to hear a story that has been passed down through the generations. Join in with us as we explore Alabama’s early beginnings and learn what it takes to “Settle Down”. Prepare for this field trip before you visit!
    • HSI History Scene Investigators

      HSI History Scene Investigators
      Aug-Oct & Jan-March. 4th-5th Grades.
      Grab your magnifying glass and get ready to investigate Alabama’s unique and extraordinary history! This program is designed to expand the minds of 4th and 5th grade students. In this unique guided tour students become historical investigators by searching for different history facts in fun trivia activities in our Hall of Presidents, on our Alabama map and in our Passages exhibit. In our Passages exhibit students discover the African American story hidden in our beautiful mural “This Road We Traveled”. The Talking Tree will enlighten your students with a fun story about George Washington Carver after they hoist the flags on the keelboat. Join us in this 2 hour experience, as we uncover and discover the many details of our history. Prepare for this field trip before you visit!
    • Iron Chains to Freedom Trains


      February. Grades 1-5.
      During the month of February, EarlyWorks celebrates Black History Month! Students will explore African history through playing musical instruments, seeing historic artifacts, trying on costumes and playing period games. Visiting our log cabin students will learn about slave heritage. Follow the path of Civil Rights’ marches and the fight for equality on our giant Alabama map. The mural “This Road We Traveled” painted by John Moore, a local Huntsville artist, provides a glimpse of the hardships African Americans have encountered and the great accomplishments they have made.
    • Elf University


      November-December. Grades Pre-K - 3.
      The holiday spirit is taking over EarlyWorks- Santa needs some more elves on his crew, and your class just might have what it takes! Your students will enjoy the gift wrapping relays, an elf ear craft session, over-the-top cheerfulness exercises and much more. The EarlyWorks Elf University syllabus includes: Elf Orientation, Toy making 101, Present Proficiency, Santa’s Tracking Station, Reindeer Care and Elf Etiquette. Wrap up your trip with a graduation ceremony from Elf University!
  • Huntsville Depot and Museum

    DepotlogoThe Huntsville Depot experience will take your students through one of America's oldest remaining railroad structures. Examine actual Civil War graffiti and listen as Andy Barker, the robotic ticket agent, tells about working on the railroad in the old days. Little Toot's Imagination Station is an exciting addition to the Depot designed for children up to six years old. Check out the educational programs offered at the Depot below—a click on the title/link will provide you with guidelines to help prepare for your visit! Call 800.678.1819/local- 256.564.8124 to schedule your trip.








    • Civil War Kids Encampment

      civil war encampmentCivil War Kids Encampment Aug-Oct & March-April. 3rd-8th Grades.
      Travel back in time to the 1860's and experience life as a Civil War soldier. Join us at the Historic Huntsville Depot for one of the most incredible hands-on programs offered on the Civil War. Students are engaged in marching drills, battlefield surgery techniques, haversack inspections, war map reading and camp style cooking. Costumed interpreters will be on hand to share their knowledge of the Civil War as you and your students move between each learning station. The 2 hour program is completely hands-on and has been designed to immerse your students in the experience of life as a soldier. Prepare for you Civil War Kids Encampment before you visit!
    • Little Toot's Imagineers

      Aug-Oct & March-April Pre-K and K
      All aboard for this fun program designed with the little kids in mind! Your students will have a blast playing in our kid-zone, where they can "drive" a pickup truck, serve lunch in the diner and dress-up for a railroad journey in one of our kid-sized train cars. Kids will love getting to rev the engine and ring the siren of Huntsville's first hook and ladder fire truck in the Auto House. After meeting the robotic ticket agents inside the Historic Huntsville Depot, your students are welcome to climb aboard the old train cars and play with model trains. WHOO-WHOO! See you at the Depot!
    • Wagon Wheels and Whistlestops

      Aug-Oct & March-April. Grades K - 5th.
      On this exciting guided tour your students will travel back in time to the heyday of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, as it passed through the Historic Huntsville Depot. Students are invited to explore our train cars, listen to the legend of Casey Jones, climb into the drives's seat to sound the horn of our vintage fire truck, learn to use whistle signals and participate in a lantern game. They will also discover how railroad employees sent messages using Morse Code. Everyone will enjoy getting to check out our antique vehicles, including a covered wagon, a Model "T" truck and much more! Be prepared...You may even see a train moving down the rails. You won't want to miss this exciting, action-packed exploration of how people travel.
    • Visions of Veterans

      Sept-Oct & March-April. Grads 3rd and above.
      On this educational tour your students will first experience the Patriot's Mosaics; an artistic tribute to the men and women who have served our country. Students will see a cross section of our country's military history and the men and women who served so valiantly. The 1,296 images on each mosaic represent all branches of service and also each war and conflict the USA has been a part of since the Revolutionary War. After hearing the Veteran's stories at the Patriot's Mosaic, students will be guided through the Patriot's Gateway. The Gateway allows easy access from the Depot Grounds to the Madison County Veterans Memorial. Recently added educational kiosks provide learning stations for students as they proceed to the Memorial. This tour is a great way for your students to discover a timeline of U.S. military history.
    • Veterans' Walk

      Sept-Oct & March-April. All Grades.
      The Historic Huntsville Depot is the gateway to Veteran's Memorial Park. After completing your Depot program, a visit to the park would make an ideal connection to help students understand and appreciate all our soldiers do for this country.
    • Polar Express


      November 20-December. Grades K - 3rd.
      All aboard the Polar Express! The Christmas spirit is in full swing as your students' imaginations are whisked through this holiday favorite. Chris Van Allsburg's classic comes to life when their golden ticket is punched for this adventure. At the elves' North Pole workshop you students will enjoy making their very own magical bell necklace and a fun reindeer mask. A timeless holiday snack as well as other holiday activities will be sure to bring the holiday season to life!
  • Alabama Constitution Village

    ALVillagelogo Step back in time and walk where our ancestors made the dream of statehood a reality. Almost 200 years ago 44 delegates gathered in Huntsville to make Alabama the 22nd state admitted to the Union. In 2019 the state will celebrate our statehood and Alabama Constitution Village will be the center of that great celebration. The Villagers are hard at work restoring Constitution Village so that they will be ready to welcome the world to the most important village in Alabama’s rich history. Tours of Constitution Village will not be available in 2018 in preparation for the celebration that has been 200 years in the making. Keep your eyes open for new programs in 2019. Call 800.678.1819/local- 256.564.8124 to schedule your trip.
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    Field Trip on the Riverfront At Ditto Landing

    Recommended Grade 3rd - 5th
    Available: May
    Cost: Special Event Pricing Applies

    EarlyWorks invites you to come and experience a special end of the school year field trip on the riverfront. Learn about the Native Americans that originally lived in the area. Meet James Ditto and hear his firsthand account of running the ferry in the early 1800’s along with other history about the towns that grew up along the river. Students will participate in river navigation skills, perform marching drills, discover what soldiers carried in their haversacks, and discuss day to day life in the camps. Classes will also meet with our resident doctor and learn about Native American natural remedies and medicines. More Information>>>
  • Museum Campin


    $48.00 per person, 30 person minimum

    EarlyWorks Children’s Museum and the Historic Huntsville Depot offer history themed overnight programs, suitable for church groups, scout troops and traveling groups.
    Call 256.564.8124 for more information.

    Bring your sleeping bags and camp in the EarlyWorks hands-on gallery. Practice navigational skills as you find your way through a maze. Track animal footprints and find a surprise at the end. Have fun playing “Tag of War” and “Flashlight Statue”. Snuggle up and hear a story around the talking tree. Best of all, you’ll be warm, dry and bug-bite free!